Liturgy of the Word for Children
Liturgy of the Word for children is an age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word offered for ages 3-1st grade at both of the 10:30 a.m. Masses.
No pre-registration is necessary.
All children are welcome and encouraged to attend when Fr. calls them forward before the Word is proclaimed at Mass. The adult catechist with the teen volunteers will lead the children to the designated Liturgy of the Word room on the lower level of the school building. The children will learn the same Scripture readings as the rest of the congregation and return after the homily. They are taught a simplified main message of the readings and are encouraged to share that message with their families after Mass.
Adult volunteers are needed to catechize as well as teen volunteers to assist with the young children. There is a rotating schedule. This is a great opportunity for the adults and middle/high school students to assist with these eager youngsters to grow closer to our Lord through the Word of God.
For more info or to get involved please contact the Coordinator of Religious Education, Karen Mesler
636-397-1440 x. 235
Prepare for Mass:
This year we use the Cycle A readings.
First Sunday of Lent, March 5, 2017
Gospel (based on Matthew 4:1-11)
The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert, so that the devil could test him. After Jesus went without eating for forty days and nights, he was very hungry. Then the devil came to him and said, "If you are God's Son, tell these stones to turn into bread." Jesus answered, 'No one can live only on food. People need every word that God has spoken.' Next, the devil took Jesus to the holy city and had him stand on the highest part of the Temple. The devil said, "If you are God's Son, jump off. The Scriptures say: 'God will give his angels orders about you. They will catch you in their arms, and you will not hurt your feet on the stones.'" Jesus answered, "The Scriptures also say, 'Don't try to test the Lord your God!'" Finally, the devil took Jesus up on a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms on earth and their power. The devil said to him, "I will give all this to you, if you will bow down and worship me." Jesus answered him, "Go away, Satan! The Scriptures say: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve only him." Then the devil left Jesus, and angels came to help him.
Second Sunday of Lent, March 12, 2017
Gospel (based on Matthew 17:1-9)
Jesus took Peter and the brothers James and John with him. They went up on a very high mountain where they could be alone. There in front of the disciples Jesus was completely changed. His face was shining like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. All at once Moses and Elijah were there talking with Jesus. So Peter said to him, "Lord, it is good for us to be here! Let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." While Peter was still speaking, the shadow of a bright cloud passed over them. From the cloud a voice said, "This is my own dear Son, and I am pleased with him. Listen to what he says!" When the disciples heard the voice, they were so afraid that they fell flat on the ground. But Jesus came over and touched them. He said, "Get up and don't be afraid!" When they opened their eyes, they saw only Jesus. On their way down the mountain, Jesus warned his disciples not to tell anyone what they had seen until after the Son of Man had been raised from death.
Third Sunday of Lent, March 19, 2017
Gospel (based on John 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42)
On his way to Galilee, Jesus came to the town of Sychar. It was near the field that Jacob had long ago given to his son Joseph. The well that Jacob had dug was still there, and Jesus sat down beside it because he was tired from traveling. It was noon, and after Jesus' disciples had gone into town to buy some food, a Samaritan woman came to draw water from the well. Jesus asked her, "Would you please give me a drink of water?" "You are a Jew," she replied, "and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink of water when Jews and Samaritans won't have anything to do with each other?" Jesus answered, "You don't know what God wants to give you, and you don't know who is asking you for a drink. If you did, you would ask him for the water that gives life." "Sir," the woman said, "you don't even have a bucket, and the well is deep. Where are you going to get this life-giving water? Our ancestor Jacob dug this well for us, and his family and animals got water from it. Are you greater than Jacob?" Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again. But no one who drinks the water I give will ever be thirsty again. The water I give is like a flowing fountain that gives eternal life." The woman replied, "Sir, please give me a drink of that water! Then I won't get thirsty and have to come to this well again." She also told him, "Sir, I can see that you are a prophet. My ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say Jerusalem is the only place to worship." Jesus said to her: "Believe me, the time is coming when you won't worship God either on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans don't really know the one you worship. But we Jews do know the God we worship, and by using us God will save the world. But a time is coming, and it is already here! Even now the true worshipers are being led by the Spirit to worship the Father according to the truth. These are the ones the Father is seeking to worship him. God is Spirit, and those who worship God must be led by the Spirit to worship him according to the truth." The woman said, "I know that the Messiah will come. He is the one we call Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us." "I am that one," Jesus told her, "and I am speaking to you now." A lot of Samaritans in that town put their faith in Jesus. They came and asked him to stay in their town, and he stayed on for two days. Many more Samaritans put their faith in Jesus because of what they heard him say. They told the woman, "We no longer have faith in Jesus just because of what you told us. We have heard him ourselves, and we are certain that he is the Savior of the world!"